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Death Grips Continues to Release Music While Supposedly On Hiatus, Shares 'Hot Head'

By William Hoffman william.hoffman@musictimes.com | Feb 07, 2016 11:02 PM EST

The members of Death Grips can't seem to make up their mind if they're on hiatus or not: The experimental hip-hop group just released another track, titled "Hot Head."

According to Pitchfork, the band's album Jenny Death , which dropped last March, was intended to be their final LP. But in October, Death Grips announced another new album, Bottomless Pit. The first single, "Bottomless Pit," was released with a creepy music video starring '70s actress Karen Black.

"Hot Head" is the latest single from that album, and it harks back to the style of the band's breakout LP, Government Plates. It mixes that looping electronic sound with the always-heavy bass, guitar combo and math rock style of precision.

Stefan "MC Ride" Burnett sounds as fierce as ever screaming with poignancy and blending metal with hip-hop, iin a vastly different way than Linkin Park ever did. Listen to the single below.

Burnett recently launched a website to showcase his acrylic paintings; check them out here.

NME notes that David Bowie reportedly referenced the experimental hip-hop group on his final album, Blackstar. Donny McCaslin, a Bowie collaborator, told Uncut the late artist was inspired by a wide swath of current bands and musicians.

"For instance, when describing one of the first songs we recorded, 'Somewhere,' David referenced the Boards Of Canada song 'Alpha and Omega' [which McCaslin recorded] as an approach," McCaslin said. "We'd talk about Death Grips, this band in California [too]."

Watch the video for "Bottomless Pit" below, which was recorded in 2013, the year Karen Black died. She starred in iconic films such as Easy Rider, Nashville, Five Easy Pieces, The Great Gatsby, Family Plot.

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